Yarmouth Police investigate theft of valuable street signs


YARMOUTH
– Yarmouth Police report that stealing a road sign is very costly item for their taxpayers to replace – between $75 and $100 each to make a new one and put it up. Thieves may not realize a family member or someone on that road that needs emergency services or an ambulance or a police officer, the missing sign makes it difficult for the first responder to locate a home or business on that road.

We have nearly 1,100 different roads in Yarmouth and if the signs are missing that can delay the emergency service from finding the location to provide assistance. It may take critical seconds or even minutes away from those responding to arrive to help someone in need when someone decides to steal a road sign. Not only is it costly, but it could be deadly.

The crime of Larceny in Massachusetts can involve punishment by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars. For a subsequent offence, by imprisonment for not less than eighteen months nor more than two and one half years, or by a fine of not less than one hundred and fifty nor more than six hundred dollars, or both. If someone is caught with more than $250 worth of property, it becomes a felony and the person could be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than five years, or by a fine of not more than twenty-five thousand dollars and imprisonment in jail for not more than two years.

It may seem to be a harmless prank at the moment, but a missing sign could have a serious outcome.

Stolen sometime with the 10 days:
CARDINAL LN
BUNTING LN
MOCKINGBIRD LN
AMY LN
SKIPPER LN
PARKERS NECK RD
PLAYGROUND LN
ANCIENT WAY
CHERRY LN
JOHN’S PA
STARBUCK LN

If anyone has information about the location of these or other stolen signs, please contact Yarmouth Police Department Detective Division Commander Lieutenant Michael Bryant immediately at 508.775.0445 extension 2122 or email us at [email protected]
Media release furnished by Yarmouth Police



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